(TheLibertyRevolution.com)- Just over 24 years after her first husband Jay Monahan died from colorectal cancer, Katie Couric announced that she was just diagnosed with breast cancer.
The 65-year-old opened up about her panic at learning of her diagnosis in a personal essay that she published on her website on Wednesday. She also described the painful moment she told her children, Ellie, 31, and Caroline, 26, that she had cancer.
Four days after receiving my diagnosis, she FaceTimed them. She said she made an effort to be as comforting as her doctor, Dr. Newman. Their expressions froze. Then they started to cry.
They had already lost one father, Couric’s first husband Jay. It was inconceivable to consider losing another person.
The former NBC personality claims that her doctor advised her to get a biopsy to “check out” something that had shown during her screening, adding that she would “feel more comfortable” having more testing even though the doctor suggested that it might be scar tissue.
The next day, Couric got a text message from her doctor telling her to give the office an urgent call. The devastating news of her illness was revealed.
“I felt terrible, and the room started to spin.”
She said her lips were unable to keep up with the thoughts swirling in her head.
According to Couric, she experienced a sudden rush of memories of the other people in her life who had died from the illness.
Her sister Emily passed away from pancreatic cancer in October 2001 at the age of 54, and her mother-in-law Carol passed away from ovarian cancer in 1999, one year and nine months after the death of her son Jay. Her first husband Jay passed away in January 1998 at the age of 42 after being diagnosed with colorectal cancer.
Katie Couric’s tumor was 2.5cm, or about the size of an olive, but her surgeon said it was benign. Her lymph nodes were thankfully uncontaminated, and she had a lumpectomy, a surgical procedure to remove malignant tissue in the breast.
The former Today show host has just finished her final radiation treatment.
In 2000, Couric made headlines when she underwent a colonoscopy live on the Today show in front of a live audience.